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Macau Festival Puts Focus on Emerging Directors

The second edition of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao will kick off with the local premiere of Paul King’s “Paddington 2.” It will continue with a 10-title competition section of films by first and second time directors.

Competition films include “Foxtrot” by Samuel Maoz, “Custody” by Xavier Legrand, “Beast” by Michael Pearce and “Wrath of Silence” by Xin Yukun.

The competition will be judged by a jury headed by French director Laurent Cantet. The jury also includes Jessica Hausner, novelist Lawrence Osborne, actress and director Joan Chen, and director Royston Tan.

There are out of competition screenings for Saul Dibb’s “Journey’s End,” Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja,” and Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s latest movie “Samui Song.” The 30th anniversary presentation of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” will feature as a special presentation, as will Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner “The Shape of Water.” Yojiro Takita’s “The Last Recipe” will also screen.

A best of festivals panorama section will comprise ten award winning films including
“Call Me By Your Name,” “The Florida Project,” “Angels Wear White,” and “Sweet Country.”

The latest styles of international genre cinema will show in the Flying Daggers strand that includes “A Prayer Before Dawn” by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, and Brian Taylor’s “Mom and Dad.”

“The lineup brings a feast of world of cinema to the audiences of Macao,” said Mike Goodridge, who joined as artistic director of the IFFAM earlier this year.

The festival is organized by Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, director of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), and Lorna Tee, head of festival management. It runs from 8 Dec. to Dec. 14.

Donnie Yen and D.O. join the previously announced Jeremy Renner and Miriam Yeung as talent ambassadors.

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